With the alarming increase in dengue cases in Dominica, a one-day workshop hosted by Ministry of Health and Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) took place to retrain medical practitioners on the clinical diagnosis and management of the disease.
Following the workshop, which was reportedly successful, Chief Medical Officer, Dr. David Johnson revealed that dengue is not only a health issue, but is also an economic issue.
“We are having an outbreak of dengue fever and a lot of persons are ill and cannot go to work and production is affected. That is the sort of economic impact that will be realized let alone if there were any resulting deaths,” Dr. Johnson reported. “I am very grateful for PAHO, the workshop and the sort of turnout that we had.”
Dr Dion Gajadin, Internal Medicine Specialist of the Arbovirus International Task Force reported on the significance of the workshop saying that the biggest target is minimise the spread of dengue.